Chrono Trigger



  • Id: 251
  • Platforms: SNES
  • Abbreviation: chrono-trigger
  • Display Name: Chrono Trigger
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  • RPG


Epilepsy/Seizure Warning: The loading screen to Lavos at 2:13:27 through 2:13:41 contains a mild strobe effect, and 2:16:40 through 2:16:54 contains flashing lights after the defeat of Lavos.
Chrono Trigger is one of the most dearly loved games from the SNES library. In it, you play as Crono and set off on a journey through time to save the world from the villainous Lavos.
The game can be ripped apart in a matter of minutes through advanced save corruption techniques, but in this movie the author forgoes this exploit in order to play through more of the game. Don't expect this run-through to follow a coherent narrative any time soon, though — it still skips quite a lot of content.
Additionally, this run improves the previous run of this category by 01:00.47 through various minor optimizations found over the years and a new setup for the elixer glitch used on the final bosses.

The YouTube and downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
While Chrono Trigger (1995) usually takes days to complete, Crono decided he'd rather not have to sit through all the unnecessary stuff, like long cutscenes, unskippable boss fights and key plot events, so he did it in three minutes instead.
The 18-minute improvement comes from utilizing mid-frame resets which were recently implemented in lsnes.
Reading the authors' comments is a requirement if you want so much as a clue to what's going on.
From the opposite side of the usual formula of breaking a game to reach the credits as fast as possible, Saturn finishes Chrono Trigger in a single pass while trying to get as much done as possible without glitching the game out and spending too much time grinding. Consequently this video actually looks like an otherwise normal playthrough by an extremely skilled player.
This run aims for maximal completion within reasonable constraints that don't sacrifice entertainment too much. This includes:
  • All forms of Spekkio except the highest level (Pink Nu) are defeated
  • All Tabs (stat upgrade items) that do not respawn are collected
  • All characters' Techs are learned
  • All the sidequests mentioned by Gaspar are completed (to the point he no longer mentions them)
  • At least 1 of every equipable item is collected
It isn't technically possible to do everything possible in Chrono Trigger without New Game+ and resetting a few times, but this run aims to get most of it done.
Some very heavy experience grinding occurs between 2:16:45 and 2:26:18. Viewers may wish to skip through this segment of the video.
The baseline tab shows the default movie beating the game as fast as possible without any special conditions.

Game Versions

Type Name Title Override Region Version Sha1 Md5 Platform
Good Chrono Trigger U de5822f4f2f7a55acb8926d4c0eaa63d5d989312 a2bc447961e52fd2227baed164f729dc SNES